Arts and Humanities
Study humanities at WEA Sydney in a relaxed and social environment, and central CBD location. Easily accessible by public transport, our high quality courses are led by professional and friendly tutors, and offer you great value for money.
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This six week course explores poetry that confronts art (Ekphrastic poetry). We will be exploring poetry written in response to a particular Art work. In our conversation I will model how to unpack various poetic renderings of Art and share knowledge and skills to enhance your poetic experience. This course is for the intrepid explorer of both Art and Poetry. No previous skills or knowledge are required. Join me on this journey to uncover the interface between Poetry and Art! This... [More]
They have a bad reputation, lending their name to senseless destruction. But historically their achievements are rarely considered. Their conquest of Spain, North Africa and the western Mediterranean reveals them as one of the major powers of the Middle Ages. Their story gives us fascinating glimpses into the condition of a Europe in upheaval while its mistress Rome was dying from its own decadence. SUGGESTED READING There is a very little about the Vandals in English, apart from... [More]
Discover Sydney’s fabulous and ever changing art scene and get an insider’s view into its stunning art precincts with their colourful surroundings. Each walk is specially designed to take you to a hub of diverse venues from main street galleries to unexpected spaces tucked away in hidden corners and laneways. Meet gallerists, curators and artists and learn about the styles, ideas and inspirations of Australian and International art. SUGGESTED READING Art Almanac and Art Guide:... [More]
On 15 March 1917 the last Russian Emperor, Tzar Nicholas II, abdicated and rescinded all claims to the Russian throne for himself and his heirs and thus marked the end of the Romanov Dynasty and ultimately the Russian Empire altogether. To mark the centenary of this event, this course will look at the reasons for Nicholas' decision and the various historic events leading up to, as well as following after, the abdication. SUGGESTED READING Crown of tragedy: Nicholas II / Noble... [More]
On 30 March 1867 the Russian Empire sold a seemingly worthless Alaska to the United States of America for the princely sum of two cents per acre. Given the abundance of natural resources prevalent in Alaska it is fair to assume that Russia might regret its 19th century generosity today. So why did they sell it in the first place? Who were the decision makers and what motivated them to pursue the deal? SUGGESTED READING Alaska; its history and resources, gold fields, routes and... [More]
The world turned on its axis with the spread of Islam in the 7th century. Within 15 years the Holy Land, Persia and Egypt had fallen, 50 years later so too all of North Africa and Spain. But why and how did Islam emerge? What role did earlier religions play in forming basic principles? Why were its rivals, Byzantine Constantinople and the Sassanian Empire of Persia, unable to stop the flow of troops and cultural ideas of early Islam? This illustrated course traces this process, and... [More]
Take the Journey from the Bohemian 1900’s, through to the radical Art Nouveau movement and the emergence of Modernism. Visit the richly decorative style of the Art Deco period, the optimism and innovation of mid Century design, all the way through to the Swinging Sixties. We will discuss the development and changes through history in furniture design, textiles, colour palettes, and architecture, both in Australia and internationally and what led to the emergence of these iconic... [More]
Interior Style & Design Trends through the 20th Century
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In Association with the Royal Australian Historical Society. Course Location: History House, 133 Macquarie St, Sydney. In this digital age, social media offers so many options for historical societies and anyone with an interest in connecting with others, and sharing and promoting work. Using the RAHS as a case study, Suzanne Holohan, RAHS General Manager, and Graham Sciberras, RAHS Digital Media, will discuss ways in which using social media can be utilised to maximum benefit.... [More]
What is ‘duty’? We often talk about different kinds of duties in our daily life, such as a duty of education, a duty of not harming others, a duty of parental love, and so on. But why are they called duties? Immanuel Kant, who is considered as one of the most influential philosophers of all time, answered this question by claiming that human beings are ‘obligated’ or ‘bound’ to undertake certain actions and such actions are called duties. But do you agree that we have a duty of... [More]
English and German both name the season after the pagan goddess Eostre, or Ostara, the goddess of the dawn. The Venerable Bede tells us that the ancient Celts worshipped this goddess at this time of the year, but other scholars aren’t so sure. Most other languages name the season after the Jewish festival of the Passover, which occurs around the same time. Around the world, peoples celebrate the season in a variety of ways. COURSE OUTLINE Some Grimm stories of the Dawn Goddess.... [More]